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How to Get the Cheapest Tickets

The prices of concert tickets and sports tickets can skyrocket after the events sell out, and in most cases, it’s going to sell out fast. Searching for a good buy could pose a challenge, considering the competitive market. Be positive, and keep these tips in mind while navigating online ticketing!

  • Unlike plane tickets, you have a better chance of finding a last minute deal. Make sure you know the face value of tickets before looking; while many private sellers are people with sudden, interfering plans, ticket scalpers may take advantage of the timing and sell overpriced tickets to desperate fans. Most people just want what they paid for. Depending on how soon the event is, they may be willing to part for less.
  • Buying tickets from private sellers (craigslist, eBay, ect) is a good way to avoid extra fees.
  •  Don’t go to third-party ticket brokers immediately after the concert sells out. The demand will be crazy, and so will the prices. Wait about a month and let the hype die down. Although you might end up paying a little over face value, you won’t be excessively ripped off.
  • Look for presale codes online. Presale codes give you early access to online ticket sales, allowing you to beat the general public. If you already have an American Express or Citi card, ticket presale codes are part of your benefits. Fan club members also have special presale codes. Thankfully, codes aren’t exclusive to those folks. A quick Google search will pull up plenty of codes for concerts and events!
  • Make the shopping process easier by comparing prices all at once. Aggregates like SeatGeek allows you to look at a spread of prices from a variety of ticket brokers.  

You can buy almost anything online these days, and plane tickets are among the most popular. There are tons of travel sites boasting about their amazing prices on plane tickets. How can you find the best bang for your buck? Here’s some advice for finding the best deals on your flight.

  • Wondering when to buy tickets? You don’t want to wait too long, but you shouldn’t book too early, either. There’s a sweet spot on the calendar for buying tickets: about fifty days in advance. Flying internationally? Buy your ticket about three months before your desired departure date.
  • The coveted “last minute deal” is about as common as a Unicorn. Don’t risk it!
  • The most popular days to fly are Friday and Sunday. If you can avoid flying out on the weekend, do it. For domestic flights, try to go up in the air on a Tuesday.
  • One-way flights are convenient, but you can save a couple hundred bucks by booking a flight with a layover or two.
  • Use websites like Kayak to compare prices among multiple travel sites at once.
Last Updated: May 18, 2015